Katie Paterson : In Another Time is currently on show at the Mead Gallery, Warwick Arts Centre until 22nd June. Her work is a response to the world around us. She combines her own art practice with the world of science to produce thoughtful and reflective pieces Works in the Mead Gallery include letters of condolence for the death of stars, an archive of darkness from throughout the universe, and light bulbs specially created to stimulate moonlight.
On entering the show we were met with a piano playing Beethoven's Moonlight Sonarta, opposite a single light bulb eluminating the dark. This music has been translated into Morse code and beemed to the moon and back. There are slight delays now and then which are created when the signal hits the surface of the Moon. Her work is the result of research and collaboration with scientific experts.
Light Bulb to Stimulate Moonlight is an installation that consisits of a lifetime of incandesant bulbs designed to stimulate Moonlight. Mounted on the wall are 289 bulbs . Each bulb is meant to burn 2,000 hours and an average life time.
Her work is thoughtful and reflective. It has been described as "strangely intimate and inherently romantic" and is concerned "with the origins of time and space which is both understated and monumental". I particuarly liked her recording of the glaciers. In 2007 she had set up a hydrophone in a glacial lake to record melting glaciers. For a period of time people were innvited to telephone the above number to listen to what was happening under the water. This exhibition allows us to listen to a recoding of the event.
Noises from the galciers were presssed onto ice records, melted and then refrozen. She finished the work by playing the ice records simultaneously for the two hours it took for them to melt.
There is another opportunity to see more of her work at Kettles Yard Gallery & St Peter's Church, Cambridge. Exhibition runs untill 23 June 2013.
For more infomation on Katie's work see
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